Netanyahu: Resettlement of Gaza was ‘never in the cards’

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said resettling Gaza was “never in the cards” for what would happen once Israel’s war against Hamas concludes.

The Israeli leader has faced criticism from other government and military officials about the seeming lack of forward planning for the “day after,” while ultraconservative members of his own party have called for the annexation of the strip.

“I said so openly. Some of my constituents are not happy about it, but that‘s my position,” he said during a CNN interview on Wednesday.

He also shared some insights but not many details of what he wants to see occur following the conclusion of the war.

Once Israel defeats Hamas, its forces will oversee a sustained demilitarization of Gaza while there is a civilian administration set up without Hamas ties. Additionally, the “moderate Arab states and the international
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